Oct. 15, 2010
BOCA RATON, FL - Florida Atlantic University broke ground today on its 30,000-seat football stadium at the stadium site just north of Lee Street at FAU's Boca Raton campus. This event follows the Florida Board of Governors' and FAU Board of Trustees' unanimous approval of the project and its financing plan.
"I want to sincerely thank the Board of Governors, Chancellor Frank Brogan, FAU's Board of Trustees, the City of Boca Raton, as well as those at FAU who worked tirelessly on this very exciting initiative," said FAU President Mary Jane Saunders. "The stadium will not only provide a traditional university experience for our students, but it will also serve as a gathering place for the entire community."
The stadium is the centerpiece of FAU's Innovation Village, located in the north central area of campus. Home of the Owl football team, the open-air stadium, a $70 million project, is slated to feature 6,000 premium seats, including 24 suites, 26 loge boxes, 1,000 premier club seats and 4,000 priority club seats, and the latest, state-of-the-art amenities. FAU will play all home football games in the new stadium in fall 2011.
"Today is monumental in so many ways," said Howard Schnellenberger, FAU's head football coach. "This university has given birth to a collegiate football program and a stadium in just over a decade. The university community came together today to celebrate this accomplishment, and this stadium will continue to be the site of many celebrations to come."
Ayden Maher, president of FAU's Student Government; Howard Schnellenberger, head coach of the FAU football team; Boca Raton Mayor Susan Whelchel; Nancy Blosser, chair of FAU's Board of Trustees; FAU President Mary Jane Saunders; Chancellor of the State University System of Florida Frank T. Brogan; and Craig Angelos, FAU athletic director, spoke at the event. The ceremony was immediately followed by a shovel groundbreaking in the plaza directly across from the site and then a reception.
Architects for the project are HKS Architects and INC/SchenkelSchultz, and construction will be completed by Cummings General Contractors and Balfour Beatty Construction.